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Busy McBrine will be aiming to lead Donemana to T20 delight

 

By Ian Callender

North West Warriors skipper Andy McBrine may have enjoyed a 'rest' yesterday when the final day of the Interprovincial Championship game against Leinster Lightning was washed out, but it is his only day off this week.

Ahead of this weekend's T20 interpro festival at Bready, he will be turning out for Donemana tonight, at Strabane, in the White Horse Blast T20 final, the game that decides CIYMS' opponents in the semi-final of the All-Ireland T20 tournament on Sunday week.

The opposition is Brigade, who will have McBrine's Warriors team-mates Ryan MacBeth and Ross Allen available, and also in the middle of six days' cricket out of seven, but missing from the holders' line-up will be Kyle Magee, who is with the Ireland Under-17s in Oak Hill.

Brigade have won all 11 Premiership games this season and have lifted the Senior Cup, so their only domestic defeats have been in the T20 competition, a shock six-wicket loss to Ballyspallen despite scoring 158-7, and against Donemana in a match reduced to 10 overs.

That game, at The Holm, however was the last group game to be played and Brigade can claim it was a dead rubber - both teams were assured of meeting in the final - as they replied to Donemana's 102-8 with 88-2.

With an All-Ireland finals place at stake, however, there should be a big crowd at Strabane Park tonight as Donemana aim to continue their 100 per cent record this season in the shortest format - they were 19 points better off than Brigade in the group table.

There was no play in yesterday's 50-over game in Oak Hill between Ireland and Scotland Under-17s. They will use today's scheduled rest day to replay the game, with two T20s tomorrow.

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